Over the weekend, Suzie and I headed to Arlington Lakes Golf Club in Arlington Heights, Illinois, located approximately 25 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Arlington Lakes is owned and operated by the Arlington Heights Park District, which also runs Nickol Knoll Golf Club, an 9-hole executive par-3 course. Opened in 1979, the course was designed by Garrett D. Gill, who also designed the 18-hole course at Village Links of Glen Ellyn, as well as many other courses throughout the Midwest.
The course features six par-3 and two par-5 holes for a total par of 68 at a length of 5,401 yards from the back tees. There are three sets of tees: the back Blue tees, the 5,018 yard White tees, and the 4,650 forward Red tees. The rolling fairways are generally straight and surrounded by small- and medium-sized trees. There are many fairways that feel really narrow, either due to water hazards or a fenced out-of-bounds area. While there are no doglegs, you do need to be accurate with your shots due to the water and bunkers that touch the holes. Water touches 14 of the holes, four of which you’ll need to carry your shot over one (or two) of the lakes from which the course gets it’s name. Though in my opinion, the course should be renamed to “Arlington Bunkers Golf Club” (I know… it doesn’t sound as good). You’ll find bunkers on every hole, though mostly surrounding the green, and they looked in good condition. According to their website, the course is home to 106 bunkers, and I feel that’s a true statement. The undulating greens are fairly challenging, and played at about an average speed.
I felt I played an average round. My drives were not as good as they should, but I was getting decent distance, even if I did push my tee shot. I still need to work on the accuracy with my iron shots, but at least I’m getting good distance. I had a better short game compared to last week, which really helped me set up my putts. Sand shots in the bunkers did contribute a good chunk to my score. I should probably start practicing those shots also. My putting was about average, but I somehow kept my 3-putts to a minimum. I ended up with three 1-putts and only one 3-putt.
I shot a 98 for the round (30 over par, 47 on the front nine, 51 on the back nine). This consisted of three pars, seven bogeys, three double bogeys, and all others worse. I actually played a pretty good front nine aside from the two par 3 holes where I shot three over. I also had nine sand shots and four penalty shots.
I was actually surprised at this course. It ended up being tougher than I thought going into the round. The bunkers and the narrow fairways really contribute to making this course challenging, even with it’s shorter-than-average length and a par of 68.
Arlington Lakes Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,018 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 68
Course rating/slope: 63.7 / 108 (white tee boxes)
My score: 98 (30 over par)